This is Ravelry Mondays, a weekly event where I pick three-five patterns seen on Ravelry that week, and share them on this blog. Some weeks will be themed, and there are some rules.
In order for a pattern to qualify it must:
- Be on Ravelry
- Be available for download either on Ravelry or from another website – no patterns only available in print or magazines, but it doesn’t have to be free
- Have at least one photo clearly showing the item as a whole
- Have at least one photo where the item is not being manipulated, so we can see accurately how it hangs and fits
- Must have the necessary minimum information on the ravelry page – sizing info where applicable, yardage, yarn weight, etc
- Clothing items will only qualify if they are available in plus sizes
- Only one pattern per designer per week
This week on Ravelry Mondays, we’re celebrating shawls. The weather in the UK still hasn’t caught up with Spring, and while the last couple of days have been a little more bearable we’re still far from being able to walk about without an extra layer. Shawls are a great, versatile cover-up. They can be wrapped around the shoulders or tied at the neck like a scarf. Worn low or high on the body, worn around the waist as an impromptu beach wrap, and large ones can be wrapped around the body like an infinity cardigan.
Shawls can be made from thick aran yarn or delicate laceweight, can be made to protect against cold winds or keep out the worst of the sun’s rays on a hot day. They’re great, and these are four of my favourites, seen on Ravelry this week.
The House of the Rising Sun by Melissa Lemmons
This is a very attractive shawl. Although you could knit it in any colours, the bright, sunny greens used in the shawl shown here are a really attractive departure from the dull, long Winter we’ve been having. I particularly like the way the shawl hangs neatly over the shoulders when worn loose, making it a very nice cover-up to wear when you don’t necessarily want to pin it across the chest. The lace pattern has a lot of fun variety to it, and looks like it would be easy to knit to a larger size if you wanted something a little longer or wider. The errata and notes on the pattern page are reassuring, as it shows the designer has taken a lot of care to check and recheck for errors, listened to advice from test knitters. There are also lots of pictures on the pattern page showing it from different angles, worn different ways and in close-up.
This shawl is knit in a fingering weight, making it a little warmer and more covering than a lace shawl, while still being light enough to wear without having a lot of extra bulk over the shoulders. A very attractive design, available for download on Ravelry for under a fiver, in UK money.
Primula Denticulata by Linda Choo
I had some difficulty choosing which of Linda Choo’s patterns to display here. today. She’s released a Ravelry ebook of five patterns, although you can also buy them individually, and if I can be honest I loved every single one. I think I particularly love her Forest Pansy for the three different lace patterns used, and the Siberian Isis for the attractive and unusual finish at the edging, but the Primula Denticulata won out the day for the lovely use of beading in the lace border.
This is a laceweight or light fingering shawl, making it very delicate and light to wear, so the addition of beading adds weight to the edge that helps it hang very nicely. I particularly like the continuous, simple lace pattern in the main body of the shawl, that reminds me a little of simple broderie anglais, and which would make it easy to pin this shawl without worrying about damaging the fabric. It’s available for download on Ravelry for about £3.50, or under £10 for the ebook.
Shawl Matabor by Lina Utena
I have a weakness for shawls that use more than one colour, especially ones with stripes, and this particular shawl really caught my eye. The solid, worsted weight body provides ample coverage and protection from the elements, while the lace edge keeps it looking light and feminine. I especially love that there’s more than one way to finish the edge provided with the pattern, as indicated by the pictures. Choosing between a shaped raggedy-edge style or the simple, straight finish shown above. What really impressed me however, is that information is given to aid knitters who might want to knit it in an entirely different weight yarn – yardage, gauge, needle size and finished size are given for fingering, DK and worsted weight versions, so a knitter could produce an entire wardrobe of different shawls from this one pattern.
Available in a variety of versions but shown above in worsted weight. this very versatile pattern is available for download on Ravelry for under a fiver, in UK money.
Adonis Wrap by Kate Jackson
This crescent-shaped shawl/wrap is particularly attractive, and makes use of a lovely, minimal lace design made more feminine by the use of a ruffled edge. Once again, we’re provided with plenty of information to help us decide whether the pattern is right for us, and we’re shown two test knits in the photos in different colours, for a bit of variety. This worsted-weight shawl would make a lovely cover-up on cold days and has a rather more practical feel to it than more lacy shawls. It’d be an immensely practical accessory to wear when working in the garden or walking the dog, and can be wrapped without needing to be pinned, thanks to the long shape.
Sadly, this shawl almost didn’t make it into the list this week, as it cannot be purchased individually. However, at a mere £6 for a Ravelry downloadable ebook of five patterns, I decided this one was cheap enough to be allowed through. Although I am disappointed that the one sweater in the ebook is only available up to a 48″ chest, making it less good value for those of us that wear plus sizes. Keep that in mind when deciding whether you like this pattern or not, but if you decide to go for it, it’s available for download on Ravelry here.
So that’s it for this week. Let me know if you think any other patterns deserved to be in the list! And feel free to give your suggestions for next week’s theme in the comments below!
- Knitting Shawls and Drafting Patterns (whippedstitches.wordpress.com)
- Designing a Shawl – WIP (whippedstitches.wordpress.com)
- The Zelda Shawl Giveaway (imake.gg)
- The Perfect Shawl (knittingskeet.wordpress.com)
- Ravelry (natscrochet.wordpress.com)